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English definition of “national”

national

adjective     /ˈnæʃənəl/
WHOLE COUNTRY A2 relating to the whole of a country: to threaten national security a sense of national identity a national newspaper national elections His income is way above the national average. Gambling is a national pastime (= many people do it) here.Country and nationContinents and regions of the worldCountry names
TRADITION [always before noun] A2 connected with the traditions of a particular nation: national dress/customsCountry and nationContinents and regions of the worldCountry names
nationally adverb He's a nationally known sports figure.
(Definition of national adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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